Eldon W. Mehlberg

     Eldon W. Mehlberg, 87 of Bloomington, IL passed away at 10:00pm on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Martin Health Center, Bloomington, IL.

His funeral service will be 11:00am on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL. Pastor Brian Goke and Pastor Christine McNeal will officiate. Burial will be Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be 9:30 AM- 11:00 AM on Wednesday at the church. The family suggests memorials be made to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL. Arrangements are being handled by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Eldon was born February 25, 1927 in Flanagan, IL the son of Herman and Elsie Aden Mehlberg. He married Carolyn Buchholz on May 8, 1955 in Bloomington, IL. She survives. Also surviving is one son, John (Julie) Mehlberg, Pontiac, IL; two grandchildren, Kristen (Robert) Arbogast, Pontiac, IL, and Betsy Mehlberg, Pontiac, IL; one great grandson, Robert Arbogast IV, Pontiac, IL. Also surviving is Steve Mehlberg.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Lester and Elmer Mehlberg.

Eldon graduated from Flanagan High School and attended Dartnel Institute. He was a District Manager for Funks Seed Company, Bloomington, IL. Eldon farmed in DeWitt County for many years. He was a very active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IL and previously served on Church Council and many church committees. He was a loving, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Mary L. Huff

Mary L. Huff, 81, of Bloomington, passed away at 2:01 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 4, 2014) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Her visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2014 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with a service to follow at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Mary was born on March 19, 1933, in Bloomington, the daughter of Loren and Hazel Marie Daly McGrew. She married Donald Huff on March 24, 1951, in Clinton. He passed away on April 29, 1988.

She is survived by her brother, Loren (Mildred) McGrew, Bloomington; her brother-in-law, Peter Throckmorton; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by both parents; one brother, Edward Boyd McGrew; and two sisters, Hazel “Betty” McGrew and Phyllis Marie Throckmorton.

She retired from Eureka Williams, which now is known as Electrolux.

Mary will be missed dearly by all her family and friends.

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Terry J. Killian

Terry J. Killian, 54, of Atlanta, died at 2 a.m. Friday (Aug. 29, 2014) at his residence.

Service: Celebration of life service will be from 1 to 4 p.m. September 7, 2014 at Atlanta Eminence Community House. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is assisting with the arrangements.

Memorials: to his family in care of his wife, Karen.

Survivors: his wife, Karen Killian, Atlanta; parents, William J. (Judy D.) Killian, Merna, and Sharon (Richard) Sparks, Bloomington; two sons, Ryan J. Killian, Atlanta, and Jason S. (Carla Murillo) Killian, Bloomington; one sister, Jenifer (Billy) Strong, Normal.

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Donald R. Lawson

Donald R. Lawson, 76, of Lexington, passed away at 1:42 p.m. Friday (Aug. 29, 2014) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His funeral for family and close friends will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Jan Proeber officiating. Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, with military rites accorded by Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Peoria Affiliate.

Don was born July 24, 1938, in Bloomington, the son of Alvin R. and E. Jean Heineman Lawson. He married C. Joy Huff on Sept. 2, 1958, in Bloomington. She passed away on June 10, 2001.

Surviving are one son, Doug Lawson, Lexington; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Ron (Linda) Lawson, Bloomington; two sisters, Denise (Rod) Martin, Lexington, and Nancy Bailey, Minonk; brother-in-law, Ernie DuBois, Lexington; longtime companion, Sandra Morgan, Lexington; and his dog, Sassy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kimberly Lawson; and sister, Connie DuBois.

Don was a Bloomington firefighter for 10 years and later was an operating engineer at Nestle Beich, Bloomington, until his retirement. He was a member of Wade Barney Masonic Lodge 512 AF & AM. He served in U.S. Navy from June 28 1956, to July 21, 1959.

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Frederick E. Carlton

Frederick E. Carlton, 74, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Thursday (August 28, 2014) at 8:30am at his home.

His graveside service will be held on Wednesday (September 3, 2014) at 2pm at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Fred was born on October 20, 1939 in Bloomington, Illinois, the son of Everett and Sybilla Haegle Carlton. He married Pamela Anderson on January 20, 1993 in Elko, Nevada.

He is survived by his wife; Pamela Carlton of Bloomington, his three daughters; Debbie Carlton of Bloomington, Robin (Jeff) Kaufman of Normal and Leslie (Bill) Reimer of Harrisburg, North Carolina. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and his sister Nancy Hoselton of Pontiac, IL.

Fred is preceded in death by his parents and one son; Brad Carlton.

Fred graduated from Bloomington High School and worked as an electrician retiring from the Local Union 197.

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Helen Ann Borger Kohlmeyer

Helen Ann Borger Kohlmeyer, 91, of Bloomington, passed from this earth to be with the heavenly angels at 4:01 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 19, 2014) at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Westminster Village, Bloomington. Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, August 25, 2014 at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. The Rev. Christine McNeal will officiate. The family will receive friends following the memorial service Tuesday at Westminster Village, Bloomington.

Helen was born April 3, 1923, in New Prague, Minn., the daughter of Herbert Borger and Irene Gettleman Borger (both deceased). She was a daughter, sister, mother, friend, student, teacher and wisdom elder in her lifetime. She grew up in Minnesota and graduated from high school in Winona, Minn. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Winona State University in 1944, and taught high
school English for many years in Minnesota.

On June 30, 1946, she married Fredrick William Kohlmeyer. She gave birth to one child, a son, William Martin Kohlmeyer, while living in Minneapolis, Minn., where she worked on many historical research projects. Later they moved to Illinois, where she taught high school English in Champaign. She then completed her master’s degree in English at Illinois State University in 1968, where she taught until her retirement in 1981.

She is survived by her one son, William, of Des Moines, Wash., and many nieces and nephews.

Her siblings, Herbert Borger, Mary Jane Borger and Margery Keller, are all deceased.

Helen was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bloomington, and a lifetime member of Friends of the Normal Public Library, Normal. Memorials may be made to either of those two organizations or Westminster Village, Bloomington.

Helen was a woman of uncommon compassion and loving kindness and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

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Norma Jean Meade

Norma Jean Meade, 79 of Normal, IL, passed away at 2:37pm on Saturday, August 2, 2014at Heartland Healthcare, Normal IL.
Her funeral service will be 11:00 AM Friday (Aug. 8, 2014) at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. Burial will follow at Glendale Memorial Gardens, Pekin, IL. Rev. Dr. David Rumley will officiate.
Visitation will be 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Friday, August 8, 2014 at the memorial home. The family suggests memorials be made to the First Assembly of God , Normal IL of which Norma was a member.
Surviving his her one sister, Clara (Richard) Arrowsmith, Normal, IL.

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David Lee Sloan

David Lee Sloan, 71, formerly of Colfax and Bloomington, IL and currently of La Feria, TX, passed away on Sunday June 22, 201 at the Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, TX

Visitation will be on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 1—3P.M. at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington, IL. Funeral services will be on Sunday, at 3:00pm following the visitation at the memorial home. A private family inurnment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Center, 407 East Vernon Avenue, Normal, Il 61701 or the Valley Baptist Medical Center MICU, 2101 Pease St Harlingen, TX 78550, in his honor. Beck Memorial Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

He was born on May 22, 1943 in Lincoln, IL, son of Eber and Imogene Charles Sloan. He married Darlene Huff on November 10, 1961 in Bloomington, IL; she preceded him in death on July 12, 2013.
Surviving are his two daughters, Diana (Tony) Witte, Bloomington, IL, and Denise (Keith Jackson) Sloan, LeRoy, IL. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Calyn and Sam Witte both of Bloomington, IL; several nieces and nephews, and his beloved cat, Bailey. David is preceded in death by both of his parents, one brother, Bob Sloan, and his infant twin sister, Linda Sloan who passed away at birth.
David was a Town of Normal Employee for many years.

He started his excavating career with Winstead Excavating; and later worked for West Construction. With the experience he gained while working in the excavating and construction industry, David decided it would be best to own and operate his own enterprise, opening Sloan Excavating in the 1970’s and D & A Foundations in the 1990’s. Along side with his loving wife Darlene, they partnered together having a very enjoyable career together with the excavation company up until their retirement in the fall of 2004. He was a long time member of Operating Engineers Local 649. David was an avid NHRA and St. Louis Cardinals Baseball fan.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family and wonderful friends from the Bloomington/Normal, Il; as well as his many close friends in South Texas Haven in La Feria, TX. There will be a celebration of his life later in the fall of 2014 at the club house in South Texas Haven in La Feria, TX. .

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Mitchell R. “Badger” Bledsoe

Mitchell R. “Badger” Bledsoe, 48 of Normal, Illinois, passed away on Sunday (July 6, 2014) in Springfield, Illinois.

Mitch’s service will be on Saturday (July 12, 2014) at 12pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL with Rev. Kirk Kendall officiating. Following the service burial will be held at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be on Friday (July 11, 2014) 4-7pm at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Baby Fold or to the Autism Society of McLean County.

Mitch was born on April 13, 1966 in Galesburg, IL, the son of Norman and Joy Mitchell Bledsoe. He married Michelle Darr on October 6, 2000 in Bloomington, Illinois.

He is survived by his mother; Joy Bledsoe of Galesburg, IL, his wife Michelle of Normal, 3 children; Mitchell C. Bledsoe, Preston Bledsoe and Payton Bledsoe all of Normal, IL. Also surviving are his brothers; Jamie (Tricia) Bledsoe of Wataga, IL and Curt Bledsoe of Galesburg, IL his sister; Laura (Todd) Anderson of Galesburg, IL along with the mother of his oldest son; Theresa Royse of Galesburg, IL and brother-in-law; Jeff (Rose) Darr of Milton, Florida.He is preceded in death by his father.

Mitch was a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Galesburg and Crosswinds Community Church of Bloomington.

He worked as a radio DJ for B104 for many years and recently worked as a bus driver for 1st Student serving Unit 5 Schools. Mitch was a 3 year member of the Bond Slaves Christian Motorcycle Club and recently was an 8 year member of the McLean County Chapter of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club.

Most important to Mitch was God, Family and his Harley. He never met a stranger and was every ones friend.

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Mary K. Turner

Mary K. Turner, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Sunday (July 6, 2014) at 2:20am at her home.

Celebration of life will be held on Wednesday (July 9, 2014) from 5-7pm at the Landings Club House in Normal, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded.Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her children; James (Karen) Turner of El Paso, David Turner of Mossville, IL, Mike Turner of Bloomington and Sharon (Ron) Reiner of Normal. Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and her sister; Evelyn Hinthorn of Normal.

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